AP 4500 College News Media - Administrative Procedures, Chapter 4 Academic Affairs

The instructional news media programs for Ohlone College are Journalism, Radio, and Television, which operate The Monitor student newspaper, KOHL radio, and Ohlone TV Channel 28, respectively, and also include internet websites and internet news journalism. These procedures are adopted so as to encourage a responsible exercise of First and Fourteenth Amendments and Academic Freedoms.

Ohlone College instructional media, as laboratories for journalism and broadcasting, provide vehicles to train students for careers in mass communication. Media programs at Ohlone College are part of the curriculum, with approved degrees and certificates. The Ohlone College Curriculum Committee approves courses and programs, which are reviewed formally once every three years. Following adoption by the local faculty and Board of Trustees, the California Community College Chancellor's Office approves all degrees and certificates of achievement. Oversight is exercised by faculty, administration, and academic program advisory committees. Suggestions from the public are welcome. Faculty coordinators and directors are obligated to respond to suggestions or concerns from these sources in a timely manner. A Media Review Board meets once a semester. Media board members include the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean assigned to mass communications programs, the Faculty Coordinator of Journalism, the Director of Radio Operations, and the Director of Television Operations.

Procedures for Complaints and Grievances:

Complaints may be submitted in writing to the appropriate Journalism Faculty Coordinator, Director of Radio Operations, or Director of Television Operations, who will respond in a timely manner. If the complainant is not satisfied with the written response, the complaint will be taken up at the semester meeting of the Media Review Board.

A grievance is a complaint that alleges facts which, if true, would demonstrate a violation of the grievant's right to free inquiry, free speech, or fair treatment; contains allegations that appear to be substantially credible; and is not a frivolous complaint.

Informal Grievance Proceedings: Grievances will be reviewed and responded to informally by the respective faculty coordinator or director as described above.

Formal Grievance Proceedings: Grievants may appeal first to the Media Review Board and finally to the President of the College or designee in a timely manner, in writing. Authorities shall likewise respond to grievances in a timely manner.

Faculty Senate Approved: May 2007
Adopted: May 2007